Family farm holidays in Cornwall magical for children, toddlers and babies.
Coombe Mill Blog
"Tales from the farmers wife" shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.
Easter Card and Decorative Log Craft
Easter card and decorative log craft session inspired by nature and a few recycled bits and bobs. A great way to let creativity florish for ... Read More
Baby Robins Hatch in Farmer Nick's Shed
From a clutch of eggs to fledling baby robins, we have watched the plight of Mummy Robin and her brood this spring in Farmer Nic'ks shed.... Read More
Sticker World Farm, Castle, Airport
Sticker World Farm, Airport and Castle books from Lonely Planet Kids are perfect for children to learn and create on each topic. ... Read More
We all know kids are a source of creativity and imagination. Without the wisdom and experience of life the world is full of possibilities. Lonely Planet kids aims to fuel this creativity and expand young minds with their fun to create themed sticker world books. We have looked before at Sticker World Zoo, Museum, Theme Park and know how much fun they are. Imagine my delight in discovering there is now Sticker World Farm! This is an opportunity for kids to create their very own farm just as they want it. Farmer Nick watch out, there could be some little experts joining you soon full of farming ideas! Alongside Sticker World Farm, in the new series there is Sticker World Castle and Airport. We have all 3 to giveaway to one lucky winner. Read on to discover more about the range and for your chance to win.
More about Sticker World Farm, Castle and Airport
Create your own farm or airport or restore your own castle. The books guide you through the process giving just enough information to keep ideas realistic, yet allowing creative minds to flourish. With over 500 stickers in each book there is no shortage of options to make your farm, airport or castle bespoke. Create a map, choose your crops or animals, design your coat of armour or create a colourful luggage tag. Each book is packed with information and challenges making learning fun and creative.
What we love
Fun subjects kids love
Can be as simple or advanced as the child chooses.
Science is such a fascinating topic and what more so than learning how our own body works? Since science is a topic children today will need to study until the age of 16 it is even more important that they should enjoy and be excited by the content right from the start. With this in mind we have found the perfect book for age 3+ to begin to understand what makes our bodies tick. Scratch and Learn Human Body from Quarto Kids is packed with discovery and interactive activities making this book a must. To discover more, and for your chance to win your own copy, do read on.
About Scratch and Learn Human Body
There is a new theme to discover on every double page spread. Learn about skeletons, muscles and our organs and how our brain works. Each page has fun to do suggested activities to reinforce the learning. Perhaps the best part is using the clip away scratch pen to uncover different body parts and functions. This is such a simple idea, yet effective at making some difficult concepts more appealing and fun to learn.
Mindfulness is becoming a popular topic to uncover with people in all walks of life. As adults it can take some getting our heads around, so how much harder must it be for children? We have been enjoying a thought provoking tale tackling mindfulness for children in relatable language and concepts. “Your Mind is like the Sky” takes children on a journey to explain everyday feelings about the challenges we all face and how to deal with them. This book is a must for any youngster prone to worrying about difficult thoughts and feelings. Read on to discover more and for your chance to win a copy.
A first book of mindfulness.
Your mind is like the sky takes a look at the fears that can pop into a child’s mind and likens them to the sky. Sometimes our mind can be clear and blue, but other times raincloud thoughts come along. The book gives some helpful ways to deal with the rainclouds encouraging children to discover their inner power through this easy light read. There is even some helpful advice for parents at the back of the book.
We were sent our copy of ‘Your Mind is like the Sky’ a first book of mindfulness for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. A copy of our book can be found in the book case in the Coombe Mill Games room for children to enjoy here on holiday.
I am thrilled to bring to you a wonderful new game for 2019 from Orchard Toys, the masters of making learning fun. Magic Spelling combines wizardry with learning spellings in a fast paced, quick thinking game. It is aimed at age 5 – 7 years; we think it can happily extend beyond this. If you have a child who finds spellings a chore then this is the game for them. Read on to discover more and for your chance to win.
How to Play Magic Spelling
It’s a race against time to spell your word before the timer runs out, but this isn’t enough to make it fun so Orchard toys have added spell books to fill with gruesome ingredients and a magic wand to search for your letters. Beat the timer and you get to rub your card to reveal if your spelling was correct. Your reward is a yucky ingredient for your spell book.
What we love
There are two colours of cards so younger children can just choose easier spelling and older children harder spellings.
Searching for the letters against the timer with a wand is a great way to build fun and excitement into what could be a dull task of learning spellings.
Easy to adapt the basic rules to suit your child.
We found the longer words hard to find in time, but just allowed a turn of the timer for longer words.
You could even extend the game by making your own cards with new words once the pack provided were learned.
Who doesn’t enjoy a good journey of discovery? Here at Coombe Mill our guests love to follow the trails and maps to discover the hidden corners of our 30 acre estate with its river, meadows, animals and wild areas. People throughout history have had this same quest for adventure and discovery. Now you can uncover some of the key journeys that changed the world, since time began, through ‘Amazing Expeditions’. This wonderful resource from Ivy Kids, part of Quarto Kids, is a must have book for all budding explorers today. Read on to discover more about Amazing Expeditions: Journeys that changed the world, and how you can win yourself a copy.
What to expect from Amazing Expeditions
Take a journey with a different explorer on each double page spread. Follow their journey on a map and through bite sized chunks of writing with corresponding illustrations. Some great voyages and some disasters are covered, but all left their mark on the world. See how we first navigated the seas, deserts, mountains and even our journey into space through 22 great explorers. Discover what motivated their exploration from science to religion, treasure to adventure.
What we love
Eye catching layout
Educational and packed with fun facts covering history, geography and religion.
Tackles social fallout from the voyages good and bad.
A resource book to come back to time and time again.
I was sent a copy of Amazing Expeditions, journeys that changed the world, for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and options expressed here are my own. A copy of the book can be found in the Coombe Mill library for budding explorers here to enjoy
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares life on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. Step into our beautiful 30 acres and experience nature close up with farming and educational crafts in stunning North Cornwall. Family, fun and adventure start here.